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starchy

[ stahr-chee ]
/ ˈstɑr tʃi /
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adjective, starch·i·er, starch·i·est.

of, relating to, or of the nature of starch.
containing starch.
stiffened with starch.
stiff and formal, as in manner.

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Origin of starchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; starch + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM starchy

starch·i·ly, adverbstarch·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for starchy

starchy
/ (ˈstɑːtʃɪ) /

adjective starchier or starchiest

of, relating to, or containing starchstarchy foods
extremely formal, stiff, or conventionala starchy manner
stiffened with starch

Derived forms of starchy

starchily, adverbstarchiness, noun
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